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We are Catia and Nuno, parents of Sebastião (10 years old) and Alma (5 years old) we have 3 cat's and o2 very energetic dogs that need to be walked every day.
We unschool, what means that the kids are not in school and they learn with the daily life experiences.
We live in a small house, 15 min walking from the sea, in sintra. It's not Lisbon and not close to Lisbon. you will need a 45 minutes ride in a bus (3,30€ each way) to arrive to Sintra city centre plus 30 minutes by train (1,44€) to arrive to Lisbon.
We live a very modest life and the persons coming to live with us must be quite frugal and adapt to a shared space, just one bathroom, small kitchen...
The sleeping space we offer is our attic, with a double matress and woodstove or the pWplaroom downstairs.
We don't smoke but don't mind if people smoke outside, away from the children.
Our oldest loves gaming, horses, science and maths, bikes, LEGO, any skills in this area are welcome.
We prefer portuguese speaking people or someone who is learning portuguese and wants to practice but the gestual internacional language
is also understood in our house.
The baby girl is a bancer, likes swiming, roller skates, all things movement related as well as make up, dress up, painting, drawing and making slime.
We have a tv that is almost always on the cartoons and we are not vegetarians. I state this because most "alternative" families have "restrictions" on media and food and that is not our case. If you have children and is important for you that they are sugar free and have no access to "screans" our house is not a good fit.
It is very important that the persons coming to our house like children and can make a connection with our kids. If that does not happens, we will ask you to keep going on your trip. You will need to connect at least with one of the kids, in one of their interests.
Having children at home 24h a day, requires a lot of attention, they are the centre of our activities and thougts. It is also very noisy and messy. Sometimes there is no time to talk between adults or we don't get to do/ have what we want and some adults can't cope with this situation.
We prefer to receive people that are already in Portugal or that will travel in portugal anyway and want to know Sintra/Lisbon.
We like to show our village by bicycle, to show around the beaches and castles of Sintra by car (at least the free ones).
We can give a ride to the train station anytime.
It's nice if you like to cook and can help with that, we need to keep cooking in a budget to be able to receive workawayers.
We need people who are flexible to handle our very flexible days. We almost never know what we are doing in a given day and change our minds very often.
We need proactive people.
Thank you for reading our message until the end :)
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We can help with learning:
- A few nigths in Lisbon, in a students residence, if there are free rooms.
- 1 or 2 bycicles
- free time to explore the area
- free entrance in museums, pool, castles and all the activities we do together
- ride to the train station at 8am and from the train station at 7pm
We will go around Sintra/ Lisbon/ Cascais for visits and sea time.
We are looking for help in the house, pet sitting and project developement with the kids.
We are an unschooling family - no school for the kids and no curriculum at home - so our life is 24h a day with our children. Among all their activities and learning experiences we have no time left for tasks like:
- walk with the kids and build in the woods;
- walk the dogs
- take care of the small veggie garden;
- paint walls
- house cleaning
- do the dishes
- play with the kids
- take out the garbage
We also need help on our outings, namely to go to museums, parks, the sea with the 2 kids. Whathever we visit, you can visit too.
We need help to develop their projects and interests, namely:
- gaming - WII, Roblox and minecraft;
- roll playing with puppets or shadows...
- ride the bycicle, skate, rollers
- LEGO building
- science projects
.... Something new that can be interesting... The kids are open to new projects and ideas, if you do something you love they will like to learn it. Or, sometimes, they just want someone to sit next to them with YouTube videos.
You can choose the work is what suits you the best, we have so much to do in one day that all the help is very welcome.
5 hours a day seams a fair amount of time to help out, it can be less or more, we really appretiate more the company than amount of the work donne.
I also manage a tourist/ student house in Lisbon and any help with that will be very welcome.
We really, really need help cooking in a low budget and it is very important to keep the lights off and have fast showers, we need to save a lot in this phase of our life.
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- One room in the attic.
We live 20 minutes from Sintra, the historical village (3,50€ by bbus)
40 minutes from lisbon.
2 km from praia grande
9 km from são Julião da barra/ ericeira
Near us there is an organic farming cooperative with many interesting trainings.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week